Swansea Council and its striking IT staff are set to go to arbitration service Acas to settle a six-week dispute over a proposed outsourcing deal.
The move comes as 5,000 members of the Unison union are being balloted for council-wide industrial action against the prospect of in-house IT staff jobs being transferred to either ITNet or Capgemini. The strikers want a secondment deal instead.
Swansea Council leader Chris Holley said, "The dispute is now in its sixth week and the council has presented a comprehensive set of proposals to Unison. The council feels its proposals provide assurances. However, it believes the time is right for a third party to assist in resolving this dispute. The council is determined to resolve it as quickly as possible."